Local Heart, Global Soul

May 16, 2017

Attitudes And Times Change…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next piece of sand sculpture at the Garderen Sand Sculpture fitting into the “Hunting” theme is all about “Dieren opzetten” (taxidermy).
We see the image of a man standing preparing to skin a fox and get it ready for the taxidermy process.

On the outstretched hide that makes up the companion piece, looking closely we see each the steps needed to taxidermy a fox.

I am not personally a fan of taxidermy animals, but the artist in me appreciates the amount of work that goes into this process.

I also “get” that as a wildlife artist, Rien Poortvliet made use of these as perfect “study” material.

The subject would not walk off or in the case of birds, fly away, they stood perfectly still and of course, he could get as close as he liked in order to capture all the detail he wanted.

The accompanying information board translates as: “Hunted wildlife and gifts from Antoon van Hooff from Burgers Zoo were perfect study material for Rien. Beautiful ones he often taxidermied himself, or he prepared the antlers of roe deer and red deer and the teeth of wild boar. His house and studio stood full of these trophies.

Once again the attitudes of the 1970’s are vastly different to those of today, Yes, studying an animal that died of old age would be an advantage to any artist but hunting just to hang up a pair of antlers, many would agree that this would never be as widely received today.Attitudes and times change, I can see both the Pro’s and Cons, and there won’t be any stags antlers on my living room any time soon. ever.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

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